If I had a dime for every time I backed down or didn’t push back in my life time, I’d be well off.
I’m actually much better at it, as I get older. But, as a young woman, I lacked tenacity.
Tenacity is not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action, determined.
I didn’t want to make waves and I was more afraid of what people might think about me, than I was about standing up for importantthings. My fear consistently made me Weary by Wednesday.
I certainly wouldn’t have risked my life to save others, the way Esther did.
Esther is my heroine because she not only sought wise counsel (read last week,) she was also tenacious.
When Esther finds out that Haman, the King’s right hand man, has plotted the extermination of all Jews in the kingdom, the question I most associate with Esther, is asked by her Uncle Mordcai.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
She was meant for such a time as this.
She did not remain silent.
She took action, while understanding and working, within the constraints of her times, with tenacity.
Even though approaching the king could mean certain death for her.
Then she instructed him (Hathak the kings eunuch) to say to Mordecai, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.” Esther 4:10-11
Esther may be the queen, but she must work within the system. She hasn’t forgotten what happened to the last queen.
Tenacity or determination, is about finding real ways to accomplish the task at hand.
If you didn’t read the book of Esther last week, take a few minutes and see how tenaciously, she fought for her people, and accomplished what her position and God enabled her to do.
Could your life use a little more tenacity? Have you come to your royal position for such a time as this? What action should you be taking? I would love to hear about it.
Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.